Review of Antec SLK3700-BQE Case

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by James Hanley, Oct 31, 2004.

  1. James Hanley

    James Hanley Guest

    In the case's favour,
    * It has Slide rails for the 5.25" bays - but there are 4 holes in
    each side of a 5.25" device, yet the slide rails only use the bottom
    2, and you find that out by trial and error (it doesn't work in the
    top 2).

    * It has removable trays for the 3.5" devices - FANTASTIC

    * There is also room for loads of 3.5" devices, all in removeable
    trays, and beautifully located so that a front fan can blow air over
    them. - Wonderful

    * Removable FDD cage with a latch - GREAT

    * Antec - I believe - do sell extra drive rails if need be.

    Cons
    * The side of the case is almost a gimmick. It has a locking mechanism
    which doesn't do anything because you can actually take the side off
    very easily whilst it's 'locked' (though the gimmick lock doesn't
    close properly when you do that - it breaks easily) It's a very cheap
    side.

    * The 5.25" rails, aren't so great. They are sturdy - the drive won't
    shake in there, but they can screw in into many different positions
    whilst only 1 position works. So that can cause some annoyance, since
    the correct position must initially be found by trial and improvement
    - and by example thereafter.
    And they only make use of 2 holes on the side of the drive, not all 4.
    Really Antec should have let the case have nice Trays for 5.25" drives
    like they have with the 3.5" drives.

    * The front of the case is a joke. I like to look at the front of the
    computer and see what drives are in there. On this case, I have to
    open a door to see. How stupid. And when you open the door, you see
    an ugly thing, metal framework with holes. It probably has to be
    closed to retain good airflow.

    * The case does not support thumbscrews - at least not in the 5.25"
    bays or the 3.5" bays. So if I want to unscrew or scrwe in a drive to
    the rail or tray, I have to use a screwdriver. This is forgivable
    because no manufacturer i've come across provides slide rails/trays
    WITH thumbscrew support(since the slide must be a tight fit, there is
    never any room for a thumbscrew, and at least there are removable
    trays or slide rails. So you won't have to unscrew the drives that
    often - unless you want the drives in another computer/case with a
    different design.

    ------------
    To conclude,
    the ability to slide 5.25 and 3.5 drives in and out is such a valuable
    feature, that they outweigh the cons.
    The drives in the floppy cage don't slide in and out, but the cage is
    removable with a latch, and one can probably use thumbscrews to attach
    the drive, so it's not a big nuisance.
    I have seen drive rails available separately from antec, so I expect
    antec would provide extra packs of drive rails compatible with this
    case if need be. That, of course, is another valuable advantage.
    James Hanley, Oct 31, 2004
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